Sunday, July 25, 2010

6 Month Stats

Claire had her six month well baby appointment last Wednesday, and she is a growing machine since her OHS!

She weighs 13 lb, 12 oz.  (50% on Ds chart, 10% typical) and is 24.5 inches long (35% Ds, 18% typical).  She weighed 11 lb, 8 oz before her surgery just 6 weeks ago. While I am absolutely thrilled with all this weight gain (she didn't gain anything in the 2 weeks prior to OHS), it means that I bought WAY too many size 1/2 diapers!  I knew she would take off after surgery, but I didn't expect an almost 2.5 lb gain in 6 weeks. 

Claire got two shots at the appointment and did as well as can be expected with them.  There were the usual tears, but I was able to get her calmed down pretty quickly.  One of her poor little legs still has a knot in it from the shot, but it doesn't seem to be bothering her.  The appointment wore her out and she crashed on the floor after just a couple of minutes.

Other six month stuff:
  • We tried cereal for the first time last week after her well baby appt.  It went ok and I have lots of cute pictures to share.
  • Claire's favorite toy is her Octoplush.  She clutches him to her chest causing him to cycle endlessly through his songs.  Some other favorite toys include her Oball Rattle and Crinkle Book.  Links and her mirror are still hits as well.
  • I'm going to have to move Claire out of our room soon.  The weight limit on her bassinet is 15 lbs, so I probably only have about a month left before she's at that weight.  Our house is a bi-level, so she'll be on a different floor, and I think she's going to sleep on her stomach in her crib, neither of which I'm crazy about.
  • Claire is eating about 20-24 oz a day. She still sleeps through the night (9-5:30), but isn't on a good nap schedule.  Some days have one nap, some days four naps.
  • We had a follow up appt with an eye Dr a couple of weeks ago to talk about her nystagmus.  The Dr did a VERY quick exam, said everything looked perfect with no peripheral vision loss like we were concerned about, and sent us on our way.  Yes, I'm thrilled her eyes look great (back in a year for a check up), but I wasn't excited about a 4 hour round trip drive for a 15 minute appt...We still need to do a swallow study and hearing test to finish up her 6 month appts.
  • Gravity has finally worked its magic on her hair and it no longer stands straight up.  I'm going to have to get used to putting barrettes in her hair though because it's long enough that it's ALWAYS in her eyes.
Whew, I think that catches me up for now!


  1. Yay for all the great check-up news!! Isn't it amazing how quickly they bounce back?!?

    Lucy was INSANE about her Octoplush! It went everywhere with her when she was little. We were devastated when it stopped working. She found it about a year after I had "hidden" it. She picked it up, brought it to me, and said "help". Ugh. Talk about Mommy guilt!!

  2. Claire is really making good progress. I bet you are both thrilled. I can't believe she is already 6 months old though (and has been through so much)...she's a trooper.

  3. This is such WONDERFUL news, Melissa! Yay for you Claire:) Just look at you grow! I love your comment on how gravity has taken over on Claire's hair! I so love her hair sticking up! I am sure that she is just as beautiful with a barrett in her hair too:) Thanks for the update! Cannot wait to see some pics of Claire eating:)

  4. I am so happy to hear all of the great things that have been happening with Claire! She is progressing so quickly and it sounds like her recovery has been wonderful! She is such a cutie!

  5. Claire and Lucas have so much in common at this age. He had crazy mohawk hair that finally started to lay flat, he loved his octopus toy the best and he was and is a tummy sleeper!

    So glad to hear her well baby check went well! And great news about her eyes. She is just as cute as ever and I can't wait to meet her!

  6. Oh,no!No more standing up hair??I LOVE that hair.Oh well,she is adorable no matter what!

    Great update on your little love.she is certainly finding her way.Amazing,aren't they?

  7. I love her hair too! My kids had it when they were little (I called it duck fuzz). It sounds like she is doing so well. It always makes a mother's heart feel good to see her baby gaining weight.

  8. Claire and Jesenia have the same hair! I can't wait to get a picture of them together. ;-) Jesenia hasn't made it to you her 6-month check-up yet. We had to reschedule it. She's still in the bassinett too and I know she'll have to be in her crib soon. I just have to get a replacement screw because they gave me a faulty one!

  9. She sleeps through the night and you aren't happy about a good nap schedule? Are you insane? :-) Our boys didn't sleep through the night until they were about three (probably wrong but seemed like it given the colic, teething, and other assorted complaints). I think you are real lucky to have her sleep through the night! This is great news about her check up! She is doing marvelously!!

  10. So glad that Claire is doing so well! Megan is a belly sleeper too...much to my dismay. She doesn't roll off her belly yet, so she just yells and yells when she gets stuck.

  11. Sleeping was a HUGE fear of mine with Lu. We ordered an AngelCare movement sensor/monitor from walmart and it has eased my fears. It senses slight movements such as breathing and an alarm goes off when there os no movement after 20 seconds. It works great so far and allows me to sleep a little better. She still sleeps in the pack and play next to my bed and I still check on her often but not nearly as much as I used to and I think after she has her OHS and we move her to the crib, I will feel better knowing we have the sensor.


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